Get a fine bowl of pho locally at Jenny’s
October 5, 2010
By Kirsten Johnson
Finally. Venturing to Seattle for a quality bowl of Vietnamese pho is no longer necessary.
Jenny Pho Vietnamese Noodle & BBQ sits conveniently here in Issaquah, just off of West Lake Sammamish Parkway, between Costco and PCC Natural Market.
On a lazy Sunday afternoon, just after it had opened, it was already filling up quickly and people were greeted by a smiling hostess and seated immediately.
The interior is fresh, modern and clean. Traditionally painted flowers decorate the wall, a serene waterfall trickles away in the corner and sprinkles of plants fill the restaurant, giving it a relaxing, peaceful vibe, despite being a busy lunch hour. Windows line half of the restaurant, allowing ample natural lighting to shine through. Vietnamese music plays softly in the background.
For anyone unfamiliar with pho, it is a wildly popular Vietnamese soup noodle dish that consists of flat rice noodles simmering in either a beef or chicken broth. Various types of meats can be added, often chicken, beef or seafood, or it can remain vegetarian.
As delicious as it is, pho is actually considered to be one of the healthiest soups in the world. It is generally low in calories and fat, and is a remedy for many ailments, including fighting a cold, detoxing and easing a nasty hangover.
Service at Jenny Pho was prompt, friendly and helpful. The menu was extensive, containing more than 80 entrées, but still easy to read and well organized.
Each item was listed with the traditional Vietnamese name first and the English translation below it. A kid’s version of pho is also available, prepared the same sans onions and cilantro.
Our server spent several minutes patiently helping us decide. She recommended a bowl of the Jenny Pho dac biet. It contained an assortment of meat, including tripe, brisket, tendon and rare beef slices cooked by the soup broth.
It was delicious. The various cuts of meat, each with a different texture, all cooking in the steaming hot bowl of broth made it tasty, satisfying and it perfectly hit the spot on a chilly fall afternoon.
The pho is seasoned with onions, cilantro and various dipping sauces. On the side, a plate of fresh seasonings, including basil, lime, bean sprouts and peppers, awaits so you can customize the flavor of your soup.
The pho Tai rare steak pho and the carry ga chicken curry stir fry were also excellent.
The Vietnamese iced coffee alone demands a return trip. This coffee gives standard American joe a run for its money.
Presented at the table brewing away in a small, Vietnamese drip filter, the finely-ground dark roast coffee sits over a bed of sweetened condensed milk, and the two are mixed together and poured over a cup of ice. The taste is bold, delicious and yet perfectly sweet.
To top off the experience, a small plate of tasty cream puffs arrives at the table for dessert.
Whether you’re a first timer to pho or a veteran looking for a local fix, Jenny Pho is reasonably priced, conveniently located and most importantly, delivers a delicious, high-quality bowl of pho.
If you go
- Jenny Pho Vietnamese Noodle BBQ
- 1810 12th Ave. N.W., Suite D
- Hours: Sunday: noon – 8 p.m., Monday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
- Appetizers: $4.50 – $9.95
- Kid’s Pho: $5.50 – $5.99
- Pho: $6.99 – $8.99
- Other entrées: $9.95 – $13.95